A Sense of Mystery at BAYarts

Opening January 11 at BAYarts are two exhibitions influenced by religious and emotional identities that present the viewer with a sense of mystery open to personal interpretation. Justin Brennan’s Ego is a new collection of fragmented, abstract portraits that seek to examine the character and mental dispositions of people. The artist notes that these include self-portraits as well as “people […]

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Martha Cliffel’s “Palette of Junk” at BAYarts

Martha Cliffel is a thoughtful Cleveland artist who creates pieces sourced from the detritus of others’ lives. Her studio in The Screw Factory is packed with timeworn and discarded objects found at flea markets, thrift shops, and the trash. With round-the-clock impulses and endless inventory, it’s no surprise that her daughter (Cleveland artist Kristen Cliffel) says she makes a masterpiece […]

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Bruce Checefsky: Modern Day Monet

Bruce Checefsky, slated for a gallery exhibition at BAYarts this August, has work that draws a visual comparison to what techniques a tech-savvy Monet might have experimented with in a contemporary world. This is because Checefsky’s latest work showcases unique studies from his exquisite garden, processed in a unique method. Jessica Stockdale: How did you get the idea to use […]

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An Interview with Jenniffer Omaitz

Jenniffer Omaitz Constructions at BAYarts interview by Jessica Stockdale Through a thoughtful blending of paintings, assemblage and site-specific installation, Jenniffer Omaitz tackles chaos and form in her new exhibition Constructions. This is the first time she has displayed her 2D and 3D work together, and with it, overlapping weighty themes of architecture, boundaries, movement and geometry. JS: Can you talk […]

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MAKERS: Rebekah Wilhelm

The first time I saw Rebekah Wilhelm’s work I was seriously frustrated. The piece was a large installation of tiny scraps of paper strung together like a chain mail screen (above). On each piece of paper was a word, just barely legible in the dim light of the gallery. As I found myself struggling to read the words and piece together […]

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Searching for Equality: Jessica Pinsky at BAYarts

  “Weaving represents the inherent geometry of life and by stressing, cutting and manipulating this geometry, I constantly challenge and question this reality.” – Jessica Pinsky   As I looked at Jessica Pinsky’s stunning weavings in the Sullivan Family gallery at BAYArts, I kept thinking about Greek mythology.  Several stories from antiquity include weaving as a motif, but today I’m thinking about Philomela […]

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CAN Editor Michael Gill Honored at BAYarts

BAYarts will honor CAN Journal’s co-founder and executive director at the annual Moondance Benefit on September 9. Each year, BAYarts honors an individual who has contributed to northeast Ohio’s cultural landscape in a transformative and lasting way. Past honorees have included CPAC President & CEO Tom Schorgl, Liz Maugans of Zygote Press and Brian Zimmerman, CEO of Cleveland Metroparks. Some […]

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